The “charging locals for parking” experiment in Las Vegas has been one fraught with mistakes and pitfalls. The Wynn and Encore started charging, then walked it back. MGM and Caesars properties created an up to 3 hour clemency for locals to park after decades of free parking on the strip. (Because nothing says “stay and gamble after the concert” like “you need to get to your car in 12 minutes or we’ll charge you”) Now The Strat is learning the same lesson.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal caught the change on the casino’s website, stating “Locals with a valid Nevada ID are provided free in-out privileges daily.”

As we so plainly explained back in March when they instituted the fee for everyone – including locals – this hasn’t worked so well for many. Now that there’s a risk that a flying basketball could go crashing through your windshield while you’re parked, it’s the least they could do.

The Strat has a lot going for it… even moreso soon

Now, the “Naked City” neighborhood is not necessarily the bastion of all things comfort and safety. But The Strat has a lot going for it. Their relatively new owners, Golden Entertainment, have made the gaming floor look pretty modern. Experiences like the SkyJump and all the amusements at the top of the tower are great for a visit.

Plus later this year “Atomic Golf” will be opening adjacent to the property. The attraction will offer a TopGolf-like golf experience (with putting too) with a facility that, if the renderings prove to be accurate, will make the property the city’s best new destination for shanking and mulligans.

Speaking of mulligans, The Strat, you are forgiven. We know that having a casino in Las Vegas is a business and part of that business is making as much as you can. Just don’t let it happen again.

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